The Dalles City Council has approved a request from Mid-Columbia Senior Center for a reduction in transportation systems development charges as they install a new elevator for better access to the basement of the building. The move gives two 50 percent reductions to the SDC, one based on an ordinance allowing staff to approve such a request and another for non-profit groups. Councilors noted the work being done at MCSC does not increase the burden on infrastructure. In other business, the Council approved a new contract with the municipal employees’ union. And they accepted the proposed alternate route for the eastern end of the Riverfront Trail that would cross the freeway to the south side of I-84. That paves the way for the Riverfront Trail committee to begin to solicit funding for the project.